BY DPPS/JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,22ND DEC 2018-Friday the 21st of December 2018 will remain of the most memorable days in Deputy President William Ruto’s life among many others he may have had in his life already.
This is because this day was a day that culminated into what he has been waiting for for many years his graduation.
It has been hard work and no sleep for him and now time had come and he was now graduating with a doctoral degree by the University of Nairobi.
His face lit with joy as his family, friends and supporters followed the event keenly.
The deputy president graduated with a PhD in plant ecology and were it not for his distinctive academic dress — a velvet red gown with tiffany blue trimming — one would never have distinguished him from fellow graduands.
Ruto was the only one who graduated with the degree in plant ecology, so was the situation with other graduands in the other doctoral disciplines.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was among the dignitaries who graced his graduation at the 60th University of Nairobi ceremony .
DP Ruto later engaged with fellow graduands at the ceremony, who took dozens of selfies with him as he patiently smiled, sat and stood as they requested. The president together with a few other officials congratulated the DP for the feat that he achieved despite his busy office.
Ruto joined UoN in August 2012 and was supposed to graduate in 2016, but then he did not meet the required threshold.
A part From President Kenyatta other public figures who graduated were Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa (Masters in Law) and his wife Lucy Musundi (Bachelors in International Relations). Interestingly, just like the DP’s, it was also the couple’s wedding anniversary.
Also on the honours’ list is Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu (Masters in Law, and Meru Senator Mithika Linturi got a reprieve after a High Court ordered the university to grant him his degree in law